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  1. I think there are a lot of factors to consider here. There is a huge difference between dogs who want to protect themselves and are fighting because they are afraid, and a dog who has snapped and truly wants to kill another dog or person. Dogs also are very aware of what they are doing with their teeth and can mean it if they want to hurt you, or back off if not. There is also a big difference between a dog who knows and trusts you and one who has never met you and has no respect for humans. Use caution and take all of this into account before using any method to break up a dog fight.
  2. Flexi-leads have a place in certain circumstances. But - like anything else - it is only a tool and the human needs to be responsible and in control. I have to admit, I haven't used one once my pup got big enough to mean it when he tries to pull me. My control over him has increased as the situation has demanded. When young though it is a great tool to use when you want to let them explore the neighborhood smells and for house breaking. When I was using it though, as the human in charge, I always knew how far he was from danger or other humans and put on the breaks before he reach
  3. It depends - how do you define a hug? Even with people there is a wide difference between hugs - light sideways touches to big full front bear hugs. Someone here once described how much their dog loved full body hugs. I tried. Nope! Not for my dog. What we do both love though is best described as a loose closeness. I get down on his level and we touch cheeks while I loosely put my arms round his body. The focus is not arm holding as you would with a person, where the arms pull each other close. Instead, the focus is touching our heads. He likes to sneak in lick-kisses while I t
  4. "Not in the water! Not in the water!" NO might have worked better, but I wasn't thinking very quickly at that moment. Last weekend we went to the Oregon Coast and enjoyed what might be the last of our beautiful summer weather. I was knee deep in the waves and turned around to find Rocket pooping next to me. These big poop logs went floating right towards the kids playing a little deeper than us. Another very helpful dad let out the shrill warning "LOOK OUT!" as I quickly walked away, stepping on a poop log myself in my haste to pull the pup out of the water, although very muc
  5. GentleLake, thanks for the link! I did find some good tips in this article and reassurance that I'm not alone in this problem. I am still working to resolve this. Thank you for thinking of me. I do think it will be a process. I think "Arousal Biting" is the perfect way to describe this. My pup is not aggressive. I don't get the mesage that he means harm. He tends to be sweet but challenging with me, and submissive with other dogs. When the biting occurs I get the message from him that he wants to play and doesn't know what is 'too much'. Yet, when the clothes rip or my kid get
  6. Maxi and CMP - thank you for adding another perspective. I do understand that there is a wide range between the scene I witnessed (abuse, not correction) and a total positive approach. I know I am not at either extreme, but it does feel like I am trying to find my balance and there are a lot of philosophies to sort through. I’m learning as I go while this teeter totter swings around (and jumps, and nips, and licks…) I appreciate your attempt to help me keep balance on both sides of this teeter-totter. I think the scene at the park did throw me off balance a bit. I keep going over co
  7. lol! That is one smart dog! I'm sold. If even Argos can make this method work, it should work for me! Thank you everyone for some great tips. I think I have a game plan that I can do! I'm pretty excited to try some of this out. Floppy toys and Flirt poles are a great idea. I really like this idea to redirect that energy. To be honest I kind of neglected this area. I focused on chewing because of teething and have a lot of bones and things to gnaw on. I also bought kong toys for while I'm at work, and balls for the park. I sort of forgot about just for fun floppy toys for you
  8. One more quick thought. I think I'm beginning to understand that the position I'm currently in is as the 'enforcer'. My job right now is to enforce NO - which isn't the best for me or him. I'd much rather figure out how to show him a better way to be and change the behavior in a positive way. Thanks!
  9. These are great suggestions. Thanks! I'll think through them tonight when I get home from work. I just wanted to add a quick note. I think I'm starting to understand what is going on. The 'corrective experience' I did (where I got loud like an older dog getting serious with a young pup) taught Rocket two things. First, he knows not to do this behavior with me, which is good. If he gets jumpy with me now he almost never makes contact with his feet or teeth. He also knows I'm serious when I tell him not to do this behavior to others, which is also good. That is why we are seeing a re
  10. Two threads started me thinking about the best way to handle a situation close to home for me - excessive mouthiess. One post was the 'experts vs. the rest' thread that should probably die a natural death. The other is a 'new here' thread that I don't want to hijack. I'll just ask here. What would be the positive way to deal with excessive mouthiness? The post below is not from me, but it matches my experience. My guess is that this is a common experience? http://www.bordercollie.org/boards/index.php?showtopic=37094 But, my kids are an easy target. She ripped my pants last night a
  11. I have to admit that I'm a total failure so far in all of the trainging 'camps'. I'm a total newbie who is making a *lot* of mistakes. Happily my pup is *awesome* and forgiving. My hope is that in a few years I'll know enough to be one step ahead of my dog and we can end up being best of friends. My hope is that we are welcomed everywhere because both of us are fun to be around - with manners and great treats for all. I do know this - I love him and I'm doing my 100% best, as uneducated as it is. He loves me too, I can see it. We are making progress. We walked to the dog park today o
  12. I’ve been thinking about this question a bit more this morning too. I agree with the advice to match the correction to the pup’s personality and the situation. In my case, the loud scene I described was not the daily correction for the unwanted behavior. It was an individual onetime thing to establish my role as leader when all else failed. He was hanging from my clothes by his teeth. I wouldn’t do that for a pup that was mostly responsive and just wanted to enjoy some smells on a walk. My original response was only about whether there is a place for this type of correction, not that
  13. Disclaimer: I'm a total newbie. This is my first experience raising a puppy of any kind, so take what I say as such. I tend to 'lead through love'. I raised my daughter through love and cheerleading with great success. My daughter is kind, helpful and loving. My disappointment in her is enough of a correction, no need for time out or punishments. I tend to be soft spoken and considerate in my dealings with others. Yet, I can do a firm NO and show others I'm serious. I thought I was going to do a great job raising this puppy in the same way as I raised my daughter. I was very confi
  14. I'm curioius about the story too! I keep checking back to see if its been shared yet. I wonder if Rocket and Phoebe are related in some way? Maybe it is a family quirk? We went on an easy Waterfall hike yesterday. We met a lot of people - everyone loves a puppy! A few did comment on Rocket's triangle ear pose and asked if that was normal. I'm not sure, but I know it is normal for him! He does it a lot and it sure catches attention. Maybe it helps him hear better? Rocket does wear his ears in a relaxed puppy way too. I couldn't resist throwing in a couple of waterfall picture
  15. These are Rocket's relaxed triangle ear poses. He spends a lot of time with the tips of his ears touching. He does this any time he is curious, listening to me, or trying to figure something out. I wish I had a picture of his intense listening pose - his ears are almost touching at the base. I see this most often when I am walking behind him. From the back his ears look like a solid triangle with the inner sides touching. I see this when he is very intent on some new smell or sound on our walks. Most often he just touches the tips of his ears together and cocks his head from side to sid
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